Obituaries — January 21, 2010



 Mr. Dennis Stapleton, aged 59 (1950-2010), was taken too soon from us as he fought a long and hard battle with cancer. He went to be with his Lord and family on January 13, 2010.

Dennis was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia (Scrivener) Stapleton, and his father, Roscoe Stapleton. He is survived by his loving wife, Diana (Prindle) Stapleton; his daughters, Erika (Stapleton) Mallory and Nicholas Mallory, Nicole Stapleton, and Heather (Brandt) Sherman and Andrew Sherman; grandchildren, Paxton Mallory, Linnay Mallory, Austin Brandt, Dylan Sherman and Brandon Sherman.

Dennis owned and operated several businesses over the years, including currently The Crazy Horse Saloon, Stapleton Foods, Bugsy’s Restaurant, and the Frontier Inn. His favorite pastime was making people laugh! He had a new joke everyday for people, and nobody could stump him. Customers would start a joke, and he would finish with the punch line.

Dennis truly was a loving husband, father and friend to us all. He will be greatly missed along with all of his jokes!

The Stapleton family would like to thank everyone for all of their thoughts, prayers and prayer circles throughout the years. A special thanks to all of the doctors and nurses who have cared for Dennis and guided his family as they learned to accept that he would soon be at peace and finally home with his Lord. The service for Dennis was held on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home. Interment was in Fairplains Cemetery in Grand Rapids. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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